The United States Department of Justice, officially coming into existence in 1870, works to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
What professional opportunities for attorneys are available at the Justice Department? What are the preferred paths to getting there? And what kind of background does one need?
Please join us for dinner as our dinner guests Deepthy Kishore, trial attorney at the Federal Programs Branch, Rohith Srinivas, trial attorney in the Civil Fraud Section, and Saiba Kamal, Attorney Advisor at the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, discuss these topics, life at DOJ, and much more.
*NOTE: Your registration fee will cover a prix fixe menu, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Drinks are extra and not covered by the fee.
Deepthy Kishore is a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she represents federal agencies and officials in the defense of lawsuits challenging Executive Branch policies and actions. She has served as lead counsel in litigation with a significant impact on federal programs, laws, and policies, including challenges brought under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Federal Tort Claims Act. Deepthy also serves as an adjunct faculty member with Emory University Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques. Deepthy received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and she clerked with Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Before law school, Deepthy received a B.A. in English from Rice University and studied sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Rohith Srinivas has served as a trial attorney in the DOJ Civil Fraud Section since 2014. He previously worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP and, before that, as a law clerk for Judges Lewis Kaplan (S.D.N.Y.) and John Walker (2d Cir.). Ro is a 2009 graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia. He is a native Northern Virginian and has a love/hate relationship with DC sports teams – he loves them, they hate him.
Saiba Kamal is an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, practicing administrative law at the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF is an alternative to litigation, created to provide compensation for people who suffer from physical illnesses as a result of the tragedy that occurred on 9/11/01. In her role at the VCF, Saiba analyzes claims in order to determine if claimants are eligible for compensation, and then determines how much compensation they should be awarded.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Saiba began her legal career as a sole practitioner with a criminal defense practice, and then as an associate at a small general practice firm. Saiba grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University (B.S., 2001) and George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 2004).